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Geometrical Patterns in the Pre-classical Greek Area. Prospecting the Borderland between Decoration, Art, and Structural Inquiry

Jens Høyrup (2000)

Revue d'histoire des mathématiques

Many general histories of mathematics mention prehistoric “geometric” decorations along with counting and tally-sticks as the earliest beginnings of mathematics, insinuating thus (without making it too explicit) that a direct line of development links such decorations to mathematical geometry. The article confronts this persuasion with a particular historical case: the changing character of geometrical decorations in the later Greek area from the Middle Neolithic through the first millennium bce.The...

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